Last one before I hit the trail…

And as you might guess with everything going on this is going to be a quickie post.

Mostly to say MUSH THANKS to everyone who was a part of getting me this far. It really is a team effort, and without our friends and supporters this just would not be possible! So one again, MUSH THANKS to our supporters, we can not thank you enough!

Photo Credit Albert Marquez

Photo Credit Albert Marquez

Also this is a fine time for a little re-cap and some photos from the Ceremonial start in Anchorage yesterday.  Continue reading

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Drum-roll Please~

Well it has been a wonderful winter, with a lot of time and effort spent working toward our goal of the 2015 Iditarod. One of the hardest pre-race tasks I faced was trying to decide which of our awesome dogs would be joining me on the trail to Nome.

Taking the whole crew out on a training run. Photo credit - Joe Albee

Taking the whole crew out on a training run.
Photo credit – Joe Albee

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A Run in the Sun -

After an entire day of vet visits and physical exams in town yesterday (see photos here) both the dogs and the mushers were ready to get out and enjoy some sunshine and fun on the trails around our home!  And that is exactly what we did.  I had the camera with to document it all and share with you. And since a picture is worth a thousand words I will spare you my ramblings and just get right to the photos, enjoy! Continue reading

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Pre-race Vet Care, key to a happy healthy team.

Today was a big day for the Dew Claw race dogs, maybe not their favorite day, but an important one nonetheless.   Today we loaded all the dog in the trailer and headed to town for 2 very important appointments. Now the Dew Claw dogs get pretty excited when they get to go in the trailer, usually it means we are going somewhere fun to explore new trails.  And I think they were bummed when the first stop was for EKG’s and Blood Draws.  This is a mandatory screening for ALL Iditarod race dogs.  These tests give us key information about the health of our dogs, and can reveal things that would not be visible to mushers, even after our hours of observing our team.  This is the kind of information that really helps us make informed decision about which dogs are best suited to racing this year.

I have some photos from today to share with you. But first I want to take a minute and thank Jan, Tabitha, and the great group of Vet Techs who did such an awesome job today!  Blood draws and being strapped to an EKG machine may not have been a favorite activity, but the love and attention that was given the dogs made it all better.  Also want to give Mush Thanks to Dr. Jim Atwell and the folks at Providence Health System for their continued support of the Iditarod. They will be doing the lab work and reading the EGK’s. Continue reading

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The Trail Begins in Fairbanks

This is only the second time in history that the Iditarod has moved it’s start, and it is going to be happening right in my home town. And with the ability to run the actual trail prior to the race you wold be a fool not to do so. Now I know I am a woman who could be described by many adjectives, but I flatter myself to say “fool” is not one of them. And to help prove it…  Yesterday Dan and I did the non-foolish thing and went out to run the new Iditarod trail route. It is going to start in Fairbanks and run the Tanana River to Nenana.  Now to be honest this is a trail we run every year, and one of our favorite river training spot. But this past winter strange warm weather and low snow meant that the Tanana River did not freeze as early as it has in years past, so this was out first trip out there this year.

It was a wonderful run and the dogs enjoyed the sunny day rolling down the river. The trail is in excellent condition and will provide a nice safe start for the teams heading out on March 9th. For our friends who have not had the enjoyable experience of running the Tanana Dan and I took a LOT of photos to share with you here on the blog.  The photos are in order starting in Fairbanks and heading toward Nenana. We stopped in Nenana, where you see the bridge and old fish wheels, to camp. And head home that evening; not as many photos because of the bad light. Hope you will enjoy this little sneak peek into what the first 50 miles of this years Iditarod trail will look like. Continue reading

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A post about numbers or drop bags…

…depending on how you look at it. 

Lucky the Squirrel was supervising much of my drop bag preparations,as I counted and measured and talked to myself thinking out loud to check all my calculations. I think he thinks I am nuts.

Lucky the Squirrel was supervising much of my drop bag preparations,as I counted and measured and talked to myself; thinking out loud to check all my calculations. I think he thinks I am nuts.

Lately my head has been swimming in numbers. Which usually leaves me thinking, “why didn’t I work harder to study math when I was in school?”  Really to all the young mushers out there who want to know what they can do to prepare themselves for Iditarod – Study Math.  Make it your friend! Because to quote W. E. B. Du Bois, When you have mastered numbers, you will in fact no longer be reading numbers, any more than you read words when reading books You will be reading meanings.

I however have not reached that level, so as we continue on with this post let me quote comedian Steven Wright, “I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done.” Continue reading

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